September 11: a veteran’s view

I can remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when the September 11 attacks occurred, just like every other American. I was sleeping on a couch and woke up early for no reason at all. I turned on the television and started to watch the news, since
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An overdue foreclosure

CITY AFFAIRS: The city’s recent action taken to reignite the development of a vacant lot on Telegraph Avenue was long overdue.

After 20 years of allowing the vacant lot on the corner of Telegraph Avenue and Haste Street to sit idly — collecting trash, attracting rodents and becoming an eyesore on Southside — the Berkeley City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to foreclose the property. It’s about time. We are glad
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Discussing the future

HIGHER EDUCATION: Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom’s new group to discuss funding for higher education shows influential potential.

As often happens in politics, a new committee has popped up to address a sweeping issue in the state of California, boasting the sole end goal of submitting recommendations. The group, assembled by Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, will throw members of both the private and public sector together in a
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OFF THE BEAT: Journey to trash mountain

It’s no wonder so many religions preach against an overabundance of material goods. Not only do they distract you from whatever holy activities your soul is supposed to be partaking in (because, y’know, mine is totally doing that), but they can also be pretty annoying. I never thought of myself
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Remembering to not forget: my story

Our school normally sent us home on buses. But on that day, the administration could not assume that we still had parents. We were kept waiting in the assembly room for hours while they contacted our parents, one at a time, asking them to pick us up. I remember Sept.
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OFF THE BEAT: Five bucks for five minutes

It is almost time to go on stage, and I am terrified. Thoughts are bouncing around inside my head like frenzied bees, and I’ve broken out in a full flop sweat — the kind that immobilizes you with its awful gravity and torrential volume. The act before me consists of
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OFF THE BEAT: Eating your way sick

Especially now that school’s up and running, it’s easy to eat whatever you can get on the go. We stop for a burger and french fries at Smart Alec’s or find ourselves at Gordo’s day after day — the faster and cheaper it is, the better. It’s not that we
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Envisioning justice for students

For the most part, Cal students remain completely and blissfully detached from UC Berkeley’s conduct process and equally unaware of the many problems associated with its implementation. Yet for the fraction of students who find themselves accused of violating the code of conduct, the process immediately throws their college experience
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A step closer to a dream

The rest of the state’s DREAM Act is set to be signed into law — another victory for undocumented students.

For undocumented students, the California DREAM Act is another door unlocked. For legislators and activists who worked tirelessly for undocumented student rights to be written into law, the bill is a long-awaited victory. For America, the bill is paving the way for other states to follow. We expect Gov. Jerry
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